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Undeployable! USN’s money-pit ship can’t deliver munitions to deck nor launch F-35 fighters

Undeployable! USN’s money-pit ship can’t deliver munitions to deck nor launch F-35 fighters

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The US Navy’s new $13 billion aircraft carrier was delivered with only two of its 11 elevators -vital to get munitions to its deck- operational. For the Navy, it’s the latest in a series of costly embarrassments. The USS Gerald R. Ford is the first of the Navy’s new Ford-class aircraft carriers, a hulking, 100,000-ton beast built to replace the aging fleet of Nimitz-class vessels. Already 23 percent over budget, it was delivered in 2017 but has yet to undergo so-called ‘shock trials’ to prove its combat readiness. However, Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Virginia) told Bloomberg this week that nine of the Ford’s weapons elevators are non-operational, and will require costly and time-consuming upgrades to get them working. With the Ford’s crew unable to move ordnance to deck, “the ship can’t deploy,” Luria -who serves on the House Armed Services Committee- said. Senate Armed Services Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) also hounded Vice Admiral Michael Gilday, President Donald Trump’s nominee for…
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